Setback for Pakistan PM as finance minister loses key Senate election

Setback for Pakistan PM as finance minister loses key Senate election
Setback for Pakistan PM as finance minister loses key Senate election

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - ISLAMABAD — In a major setback to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, the country’s Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh narrowly lost a key Senate seat to former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was the joint opposition candidate, in a bitterly-contested election on Wednesday.

The former premier, who was backed by a group of opposition parties, won by getting 169 votes in a vote by the lawmakers of parliament’s lower house, against 164 secured by Shaikh. Seven votes were rejected after a total of 340 members of the lower house of the parliament voted.

Shahbaz Gill, a premier Khan’s spokesman, said in a Twitter post.

The defeat of a key member of the Cabinet has dealt a humiliating blow to the government with the opposition claiming the government has lost the majority.

Khan’s government, however, faces no imminent threat as a result of the Senate vote, as he can be removed only through a vote of no confidence in the parliament.

Polling, which was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ended at the set time, with the counting of the votes underway. Lawmakers voted for some 37 vacant seats in the Senate, with 11 senators previously elected unopposed from Punjab. — Agencies


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